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How To Write A Personal Mission Statement

February 6, 1999


From:  Ronda

How do you write a personal mission statement? I know what I want to do, just not how to put it on paper?

Answer

Ronda,

For ideas on how to go about writing your personal mission statement, I suggest that you buy, or check out from the library, Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The chapter called Principles Of Personal Leadership is about Habit 2, Begin With The End In Mind. In this chapter, Covey discusses how to go about writing your mission statement.

I also suggest you read Victor Frankl's book, Man's Search For Meaning. Frankl's philosophy was that our meaning in life is not a question buy a decision. Each individual needs to decide the meaning he or she is going to give to his or her life.

For Walt Disney's philosophy about finding fulfillment in life, see my book review on Think Out of the Box by Mike Vance and Diane Deacon.

Break the mission statement down into the key areas of your life: personal relationships, your career, community service, and physical health.

You say you know what you want to do, just not how to put it on paper. Try dictating your thoughts on a tape recorder, then transcribing them to paper and only afterward putting them in some sort of order. Write an overarching "motto" from the result.

You can make your life a thing of beauty. Decide for yourself what a beautiful life looks like and then go about creating it in your own life.

Good luck to you.

Mike Gray

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A personal mission statement is a short description of what you want to accomplish with your life, but how does one go about writing one?


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